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  • Inspector General To Review Closure Of Social Security Administration Field Office In Arlington
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Rep. Don Beyer today received confirmation that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) had agreed to his request for a review of the decision to close its Arlington field office. The review will “identify and evaluate SSA’s reasons for the field office closure … ascertain SSA’s plans to mitigate any effects on individuals currently served by the field office … (and) determine whether SSA followed its internal policies related to notifying your offi... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer’s Remarks At Rally Demanding Justice For Bijan Ghaisar
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2018 | Preview rr

    Remarks as prepared: Justice delayed is justice denied. It has been six months since an unarmed Bijan Ghaisar was shot to death by Park Policemen. It has been nearly six months since the FBI initiated its investigation into an incident that happened over the course of a few minutes. Yet we stand here today, knowing no more about that investigation. We don’t know all that happened. We do not know what the Uber driver said when he called 911 – because the FBI has told Arlington not to release the ... Read more

  • Pruitt Admits To Breaking The Law
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Scott Pruitt today admitted in a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to violating federal regulations when he accepted the services of his direct subordinate, Millan Hupp, without paying her [exchange here]. Hupp assisted Pruitt in his housing search last year, Pruitt confirmed, without pay, a violation of the Code of Federal Regulations (administrative law governing federal employees, laid out by the Office of Government Ethics). The EPA Inspector General confirmed to Congressman Beyer l... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Secretary Azar’s Premium Gaffe
    Posted in Press Releases on May 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar’s testimony that he does not “see the premium effect” of the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act: “This comment by Secretary Azar represents the abysmal apathy the Trump Administration shows when it comes to Americans’ healthcare costs,” said Rep. Beyer. “Virginia and our neighbor Maryland are already seeing requests by insurers for massive premium increase... Read more

  • Beyer: Scott Pruitt’s Attempt To Undermine The Clean Air Act “Illegal and Immoral”
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “Back to Basics” memo instructing the EPA to begin factoring “economic effects” into its decisions on setting clean air standards: “Scott Pruitt’s latest attempt to undermine air pollution standards set by the Clean Air Act is illegal and immoral. The only ‘basics’ that his actions would take us ‘back to’ are the era when cities were shrouded in lethal air pollution and American rivers burned. Weakening clean... Read more

  • Beyer Blasts Trump for Undermining Global Security
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement forcefully condemning President Trump’s decision to exit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement: “President Trump’s extremely shortsighted decision to exit the JCPOA is another major step backward for our national security. Simply put, the President’s actions have made a nuclear-armed Iran more likely, and therefore made the world a more dangerous place. It will have serious negative consequence... Read more

  • Top Dems Request IG Investigation of Illegal Hiring Allegations at Justice Department
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Today, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Judiciary, and Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) sent a letter re... Read more

  • 40 Days, 40 Stories: The Scott Pruitt Scandals
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    Today is the 40th day since news emerged on March 29th that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rented a condo from the wife of an energy lobbyist. Over those 40 days, hundreds of news reports have exposed so many different facets of Pruitt’s unethical behavior, wasteful spending, and corruption that he has become the subject of 11 federal investigations. Here is a selection of 40 stories about Scott Pruitt from the past 40 days: March 29: ABC News – More Cabinet trouble for Trump? EPA chief lived in... Read more

  • Republican Sabotage Will Cause Hundreds of Thousands of Virginians To Face Double-Digit Health Insurance Premium Increases
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Rep. Don Beyer today again condemned efforts by Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to sabotage the US health care system after they were cited by Virginia’s health insurers as the cause of proposed double-digit rate increases for health insurance premiums: “Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are inflicting huge pain on Virginia families,” said Rep. Beyer. “I was one of many legislators who warned that the outcome of their sabotage campaign would be cost increases for the ... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Sudden Departure of Fourth Senior Aide To Scott Pruitt This Week
    Posted in Press Releases on May 4, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement on the reported resignation of John Konkus, the EPA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Affairs: “Scott Pruitt’s toxicity has infected the upper echelons of EPA leadership, and the process of cleaning this mess must begin with Pruitt’s dismissal,” said Rep. Beyer. “Mr. Konkus’ tenure at EPA was emblematic of the way that special interests have been empowered to subvert the EPA’s core mission under Pruitt. In the wake of Konkus’ resignat... Read more